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anchor

noun [C] uk   /ˈæŋ.kər/  us   /-kɚ/

anchor noun [C] (ON A BOAT)

C2 a heavy metal object, usually shaped like a cross with curved arms, on a strong rope or chain, that is dropped from a boat into the water to prevent the boat from moving away: We dropped anchor (= lowered the anchor into the water) and stopped. It was time to weigh anchor (= pull up the anchor and sail away).
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anchor noun [C] (SUPPORT)

C2 someone or something that gives support when needed: She was my anchor when things were difficult for me. This treaty has been called the anchor (= strongest part) of their foreign policy.

anchor noun [C] (BROADCASTER)

mainly US an anchorman or anchorwoman

anchor

verb uk   /ˈæŋ.kər/  us   /-kɚ/

anchor verb (FASTEN)

C2 [I or T] to lower an anchor into the water in order to stop a boat from moving awayC2 [T] to make something or someone stay in one position by fastening him, her, or it firmly: We anchored ourselves to the rocks with a rope.

anchor verb (BROADCAST)

[T] mainly US to act as the anchorman or anchorwoman of a programme: She will anchor the new morning news show.
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